The State Museum of Pennsylvania

The State Museum of Pennsylvania We are The State Museum of Pennsylvania history, science and art. To contact PHMC, please visit http://www.phmc.pa.gov . Since its creation in 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania has collected, preserved, researched, and interpreted the cultural and natural history of the state.
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Originally located next to the Capitol, the museum moved to its current location in 1964. It became a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1945.

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Join us Friday, May 7 at 12:15 PM to hear more about the meeting of art and science during the 2019 conservation of Viol...
05/05/2021

Join us Friday, May 7 at 12:15 PM to hear more about the meeting of art and science during the 2019 conservation of Violet Oakley’s preparatory drawings for the Senate Chamber at the PA State Capitol.

Virtual programs are free, but registration is required. Visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xqep5bs6T7uKaiKvMQUGcw to register now.

Join us Friday, May 7 at 12:15 PM to hear more about the meeting of art and science during the 2019 conservation of Violet Oakley’s preparatory drawings for the Senate Chamber at the PA State Capitol.

Virtual programs are free, but registration is required. Visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xqep5bs6T7uKaiKvMQUGcw to register now.

Pennsylvania artists and craftspeople you have a few more weeks to apply for "Art of the State"!  Did you know you can v...
05/05/2021

Pennsylvania artists and craftspeople you have a few more weeks to apply for "Art of the State"! Did you know you can view past exhibits and the 2020 virtual exhibit on our website? Stop by statemuseumpa.org/artofthestate to explore and find out how to apply today to exhibit your work in "Art of the State." #SeePAArt

Pennsylvania artists and craftspeople you have a few more weeks to apply for "Art of the State"! Did you know you can view past exhibits and the 2020 virtual exhibit on our website? Stop by statemuseumpa.org/artofthestate to explore and find out how to apply today to exhibit your work in "Art of the State." #SeePAArt

Wow your Mom with space knowledge! Join the Planetarium Director #MothersDay Sunday, May 9 at 2pm for a live discussion ...
05/04/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Second Sundays: Tonight’s Sky a Live Chat with the Planetarium Director. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Wow your Mom with space knowledge! Join the Planetarium Director #MothersDay Sunday, May 9 at 2pm for a live discussion about May's night sky.

This virtual program is free, register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qbKz9hXHTP6CSEAoAyxljQ

Join Museum Educator and Planetarium Director Linda Powell to explore Tonight's Sky in a virtual planetarium program and chat. We have all looked up at the night sky and enjoyed its beauty and mystery, but what’s up there that we can spot just using our eyes? Let’s discover what you can observe ...

Did you know you can now pre-purchase your admission tickets online? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to purchase tick...
05/04/2021

Did you know you can now pre-purchase your admission tickets online? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to purchase tickets early!

Before you visit, please take a moment to visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review our current hours and some new procedures.

Did you know you can now pre-purchase your admission tickets online? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to purchase tickets early!

Before you visit, please take a moment to visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review our current hours and some new procedures.

It may be said that it is not polite to point, that is unless you are creating art. Pointillism is a technique that uses...
05/03/2021

It may be said that it is not polite to point, that is unless you are creating art. Pointillism is a technique that uses small dots to create areas of color that together form a pattern or picture. Pennsylvania artist, Mia Rosenthal used this technique to create art with ink on paper for the 2020 "Art of the State" exhibit. Explore more about artists that use pointillism and try this simple technique to create your next masterpiece here: https://bit.ly/3t5PZno

Are you a Pennsylvania artist or craftsperson? Call for entry for "Art of the State" is now open visit statemuseumpa.org/artofthestate for more information.

#PAExplore #Pointillism #seepaart

It may be said that it is not polite to point, that is unless you are creating art. Pointillism is a technique that uses small dots to create areas of color that together form a pattern or picture. Pennsylvania artist, Mia Rosenthal used this technique to create art with ink on paper for the 2020 "Art of the State" exhibit. Explore more about artists that use pointillism and try this simple technique to create your next masterpiece here: https://bit.ly/3t5PZno

Are you a Pennsylvania artist or craftsperson? Call for entry for "Art of the State" is now open visit statemuseumpa.org/artofthestate for more information.

#PAExplore #Pointillism #seepaart

Join us Friday, May 7 at 12:15 PM to get a behind-the-scenes look at the recent conservation of Violet Oakley’s preparat...
05/03/2021

Join us Friday, May 7 at 12:15 PM to get a behind-the-scenes look at the recent conservation of Violet Oakley’s preparatory drawings for the Senate Chamber at the PA State Capitol! Learn about the conservation philosophies and techniques involved in preserving her work for future generations.

Virtual programs are free, but registration is required. Visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xqep5bs6T7uKaiKvMQUGcw to register now.

Join us Friday, May 7 at 12:15 PM to get a behind-the-scenes look at the recent conservation of Violet Oakley’s preparatory drawings for the Senate Chamber at the PA State Capitol! Learn about the conservation philosophies and techniques involved in preserving her work for future generations.

Virtual programs are free, but registration is required. Visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xqep5bs6T7uKaiKvMQUGcw to register now.

Hydra fills the sky! This multi-headed sea serpent stretches along the southern horizon throughout May. It can be spotte...
05/02/2021

Hydra fills the sky! This multi-headed sea serpent stretches along the southern horizon throughout May. It can be spotted below the constellations of Leo and Virgo. Hydra is the largest of the 88 official constellations. However, it contains no truly bright stars. Be sure to view away from city lights! #PlanetariumPA #SkyObject

Want to find out more? Join our Planetarium Director Sunday, May 9 at 2PM. This virtual program is free, register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qbKz9hXHTP6CSEAoAyxljQ

Hydra fills the sky! This multi-headed sea serpent stretches along the southern horizon throughout May. It can be spotted below the constellations of Leo and Virgo. Hydra is the largest of the 88 official constellations. However, it contains no truly bright stars. Be sure to view away from city lights! #PlanetariumPA #SkyObject

Want to find out more? Join our Planetarium Director Sunday, May 9 at 2PM. This virtual program is free, register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qbKz9hXHTP6CSEAoAyxljQ

They will be here soon. In late May or early June, a group of cicadas known as Brood X will emerge after 17 years. This ...
05/01/2021

They will be here soon. In late May or early June, a group of cicadas known as Brood X will emerge after 17 years. This specific group of cicadas have been underground since 2003. You may see annual cicadas each summer, but these periodical cicadas are a unique population that emerges together in one year and then are absent for 17 years. Adult periodical cicadas have black bodies and are about an inch long with yellowish wings and red eyes, while adult annual cicadas tend to be brown or green with dark eyes and black or green wings. #ExplorePA #InYourYard #BroodX #periodicalcicada #cicadas

They will be here soon. In late May or early June, a group of cicadas known as Brood X will emerge after 17 years. This specific group of cicadas have been underground since 2003. You may see annual cicadas each summer, but these periodical cicadas are a unique population that emerges together in one year and then are absent for 17 years. Adult periodical cicadas have black bodies and are about an inch long with yellowish wings and red eyes, while adult annual cicadas tend to be brown or green with dark eyes and black or green wings. #ExplorePA #InYourYard #BroodX #periodicalcicada #cicadas

Interested in learning a little but about the State Museum? Take a minute and listen to interview of our Director Beth H...
05/01/2021
Outlook, Hosted by Dan Holzman | iHeartRadio

Interested in learning a little but about the State Museum? Take a minute and listen to interview of our Director Beth Hager by Dan Holzman of Newsradio 790 WAEB

Want to visit? Visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening for details.

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Do you like to gaze up at the night sky, but don't really know what you are looking at? Join the Planetarium Director Su...
05/01/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Second Sundays: Tonight’s Sky a Live Chat with the Planetarium Director. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Do you like to gaze up at the night sky, but don't really know what you are looking at? Join the Planetarium Director Sunday, May 9 at 2pm for a live discussion.

This virtual program is free, register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qbKz9hXHTP6CSEAoAyxljQ

Join Museum Educator and Planetarium Director Linda Powell to explore Tonight's Sky in a virtual planetarium program and chat. We have all looked up at the night sky and enjoyed its beauty and mystery, but what’s up there that we can spot just using our eyes? Let’s discover what you can observe ...

In the spring of 2019, a collection of Violet Oakley’s drawings was conserved at the Conservation Center for Art and His...
04/30/2021

In the spring of 2019, a collection of Violet Oakley’s drawings was conserved at the Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts in Philadelphia. This monumental undertaking was the first time in over a century that the drawings were examined and preserved. Friday, May 7 at 12:15 PM join Heather Hendry, Senior Paper Conservator, and Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond to hear about this important project.

Virtual programs are free, but registration is required. Visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xqep5bs6T7uKaiKvMQUGcw to register now.

In the spring of 2019, a collection of Violet Oakley’s drawings was conserved at the Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts in Philadelphia. This monumental undertaking was the first time in over a century that the drawings were examined and preserved. Friday, May 7 at 12:15 PM join Heather Hendry, Senior Paper Conservator, and Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond to hear about this important project.

Virtual programs are free, but registration is required. Visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xqep5bs6T7uKaiKvMQUGcw to register now.

Join us today at 12:15pm! The State Museum’s vast zoological collection contains a mountain lion alleged to be the last ...
04/30/2021

Join us today at 12:15pm!

The State Museum’s vast zoological collection contains a mountain lion alleged to be the last documented specimen collected in Pennsylvania. Join the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany, Dr. Walter Meshaka, and Program Director Bradley Smith for a talk about this curious specimen.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3tJnnAo to register.

Join us today at 12:15pm!

The State Museum’s vast zoological collection contains a mountain lion alleged to be the last documented specimen collected in Pennsylvania. Join the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany, Dr. Walter Meshaka, and Program Director Bradley Smith for a talk about this curious specimen.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3tJnnAo to register.

Planning on visiting us soon? We reopen  tomorrow!Want to speed up your entry? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to pur...
04/29/2021

Planning on visiting us soon? We reopen tomorrow!

Want to speed up your entry? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to purchase those tickets early!

Our hours are different and we have some new procedures, please take a moment to visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review details.

Planning on visiting us soon? We reopen tomorrow!

Want to speed up your entry? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to purchase those tickets early!

Our hours are different and we have some new procedures, please take a moment to visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review details.

Once the most widely distributed land mammals in the Western Hemisphere, Mountain lions no longer exist in about two-thi...
04/28/2021

Once the most widely distributed land mammals in the Western Hemisphere, Mountain lions no longer exist in about two-thirds of their original range, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Join us Friday, April 30 at 12:15PM to hear more about this animal and the specimen from our collection that is allegedly the last Mountain lion collected in Pennsylvania.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3tJnnAo to register.

Once the most widely distributed land mammals in the Western Hemisphere, Mountain lions no longer exist in about two-thirds of their original range, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Join us Friday, April 30 at 12:15PM to hear more about this animal and the specimen from our collection that is allegedly the last Mountain lion collected in Pennsylvania.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3tJnnAo to register.

Deadline for "Art of the State" entries is May 28!  👉 https://phmc.info/32VEyTN #Artists will compete in 5️⃣ categories:...
04/28/2021

Deadline for "Art of the State" entries is May 28! 👉 https://phmc.info/32VEyTN

#Artists will compete in 5️⃣ categories:
🎨 Painting
📜 Work on paper,
➡ Sculpture,
➡ Craft,
📸 Photography
➡ Digital media.

#SeePAART

📢 Attention Pennsylvania Artists! Now is the time to submit applications to exhibit your work in the annual "Art of the State." More than $4,000 in cash awards will be presented. Don't miss your chance! #Art #Award #Artists #SeePAArt 🖌 👉 https://phmc.info/32VEyTN

Are you curious about the #SolarSystem? There are 8 planets to explore. #PACuriosityKids helps young minds to discover t...
04/27/2021

Are you curious about the #SolarSystem? There are 8 planets to explore. #PACuriosityKids helps young minds to discover the amazing #planets of our Solar System and the world around them. https://youtu.be/a8RBdMH04oc

Are you curious about the #SolarSystem? There are 8 planets to explore. #PACuriosityKids helps young minds to discover the amazing #planets of our Solar System and the world around them. https://youtu.be/a8RBdMH04oc

Members did you know we are opening Thursday, April 29 for you! Interested in visiting? Please take a moment to visit st...
04/27/2021
Museum Reopening | The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Members did you know we are opening Thursday, April 29 for you!

Interested in visiting? Please take a moment to visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review details about new procedures.

Interested in pre-reserving your tickets? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets

Valid membership must be shown on entry. We reopen to the general public on Friday, April 30th.

The State Museum will reopen with limited hours and with limited timed tickets on Friday, April 30, 2021. Visit this page for more information.

We are opening FRIDAY! Interested in visiting? Please take a moment to visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review detai...
04/26/2021
Museum Reopening | The State Museum of Pennsylvania

We are opening FRIDAY!

Interested in visiting? Please take a moment to visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review details about new procedures.

Interested in pre-reserving your tickets? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets

The State Museum will reopen with limited hours and with limited timed tickets on Friday, April 30, 2021. Visit this page for more information.

#DYK In 1947, the Reading Pretzel Machinery introduced the first practical automation of the pretzel. By 1950, they expa...
04/26/2021

#DYK In 1947, the Reading Pretzel Machinery introduced the first practical automation of the pretzel. By 1950, they expanded on previous success, developing machinery that could continuously proof, cook, salt, bake, and dry the pretzel. This process increased production from 6,000 to a million pretzels a day. #PAFirsts #NationalPretzelDay

#DYK In 1947, the Reading Pretzel Machinery introduced the first practical automation of the pretzel. By 1950, they expanded on previous success, developing machinery that could continuously proof, cook, salt, bake, and dry the pretzel. This process increased production from 6,000 to a million pretzels a day. #PAFirsts #NationalPretzelDay

Once abundant in Pennsylvania, mountain lions were over-hunted by humans who feared for their safety or the safety of li...
04/26/2021

Once abundant in Pennsylvania, mountain lions were over-hunted by humans who feared for their safety or the safety of livestock. Mountain lions in Pennsylvania were also victims of massive deforestation, and overharvesting of the their primary prey, the white-tailed deer.

Join us Friday, April 30 at 12:15PM to hear more about this animal and the specimen from our collection that is allegedly the last Mountain lion collected in Pennsylvania.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3tJnnAo to register.

Once abundant in Pennsylvania, mountain lions were over-hunted by humans who feared for their safety or the safety of livestock. Mountain lions in Pennsylvania were also victims of massive deforestation, and overharvesting of the their primary prey, the white-tailed deer.

Join us Friday, April 30 at 12:15PM to hear more about this animal and the specimen from our collection that is allegedly the last Mountain lion collected in Pennsylvania.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3tJnnAo to register.

Do you prefer the original hard pretzel, first commercially produced in Lititz by the Sturgis Pretzel Factory in 1861? O...
04/26/2021

Do you prefer the original hard pretzel, first commercially produced in Lititz by the Sturgis Pretzel Factory in 1861? Or would you rather have a soft pretzel made in Lancaster by Auntie Anne's Pretzels? Whatever kind of pretzel you prefer, #Pennsylvania produces 80% of pretzels made in America. #NationalPretzelDay

Take a closer look at this Tom Sturgis Pretzel Tin in our online database https://bit.ly/3depJlf

Do you prefer the original hard pretzel, first commercially produced in Lititz by the Sturgis Pretzel Factory in 1861? Or would you rather have a soft pretzel made in Lancaster by Auntie Anne's Pretzels? Whatever kind of pretzel you prefer, #Pennsylvania produces 80% of pretzels made in America. #NationalPretzelDay

Take a closer look at this Tom Sturgis Pretzel Tin in our online database https://bit.ly/3depJlf

Supermoon! Not as super as it sounds. Supermoons happen when a Full Moon occurs when the Moon is at perigee, its closest...
04/25/2021

Supermoon! Not as super as it sounds. Supermoons happen when a Full Moon occurs when the Moon is at perigee, its closest point to Earth in its orbit. The Moon's orbit is not a perfect circle, but elliptical or egg-shaped. The Moon will appear 5.9-6.9% larger and about 16% brighter than an average Full Moon. 4/27, 5/26, and 6/24 are all considered supermoons, however, May is the most "super" of the three. So head out and soak in the beautiful Moon. You'll need to wait until 11/25/2034 for the Moon to be closer. #PlanetariumPA #supermoon

Supermoon! Not as super as it sounds. Supermoons happen when a Full Moon occurs when the Moon is at perigee, its closest point to Earth in its orbit. The Moon's orbit is not a perfect circle, but elliptical or egg-shaped. The Moon will appear 5.9-6.9% larger and about 16% brighter than an average Full Moon. 4/27, 5/26, and 6/24 are all considered supermoons, however, May is the most "super" of the three. So head out and soak in the beautiful Moon. You'll need to wait until 11/25/2034 for the Moon to be closer. #PlanetariumPA #supermoon

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